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Living the Ultimate Fantasy

When fantasy baseball started, it was all about control. It was all about the prospect of making better decisions than Major League general managers. It was about being able to pull the on-field strings better than field managers. We were hell-bent on proving that we could assemble a winning ballclub better than the professionals.

Fantasy baseball helped us achieve these goals, albeit in a faux reality sort of...

Ron Shandler

about

is considered one of the pioneers in the baseball analysis and fantasy baseball industry.

Beginning in 1986, Ron was the first to develop sabermetric applications for fantasy play. His Baseball Forecaster annual celebrates its 30th anniversary edition in 2016 and the ground-breaking website he founded - BaseballHQ.com - celebrates 20 years online. Also:

Columnist, ESPN.com (2007, 2015- ), USA Today (2008-2014)

21 Top Three finishes in national experts leagues since 1997, including 6 titles

Advisor, St. Louis Cardinals (2004)

FSTA Lifetime Achievement Award

FSWA Hall of Fame

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Deconstructing an Outwardly Lopsided Trade

I run polls on this site because the results often fascinate me. There was no better an example this past week with my fake case study regarding a keeper league trade decision. I asked:

You own hot prospect Alex Bregman in a keeper league in which you still have 2016...

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26 SEP 2015:      Carlos Correa of the Astros during the regular season game between the Texas Rangers and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX.  (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire)

The 9 Rookie Trajectories

Last month at ESPN.com, I wrote a piece about how difficult it is to project young players when they are first promoted to the majors. As much as we'd like to draw conclusions based on minor league performance or scouting reports, they are faulty indicators for future success. BABS essentially...

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Donaldson, Bradley pace June BABS leaders

Nearly halfway through the season and we are seeing many players' performances settle down to the levels we had expected in the pre-season.

A reminder about how to use the chart:

Batters and pitchers, individually, are ranked by skill, regardless of playing time. In this way, you can identify the...

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18 APRIL 2010: Oakland Athletics pitcher Chad Gaudin #57 pitches in relief as the Orioles beat the A's 8-3 at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum in Oakland, California ***FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY****

Why I hate FAAB

This article was originally published at BaseballHQ.com on June 10, 2005. My opinion has not changed.

Sometimes I can't believe the things we accept about this game.

One of the great allures of playing fantasy -- you might even call it the foundation of the game -- is the sense...

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